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Claiborne County hospital refutes NAACP's claims

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CLAIBORNE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Claiborne County Medical Center is taking a lot of heat from the local NAACP President over claims it's not being truthful about financial woes and layoffs occurring inside its four walls.  The hospital administrators said the claims are false. 

"We have always been led to believe that this hospital is in good shape, but we found out it has a cash flow problem," said NAACP's Evan Doss. 

Claiborne County NAACP President Evan Doss claims Medicare is suing the hospital for $1.6 million.

He also said that county supervisors voted this week to give the facility a $500,000 line of credit to bail them out.

On top of that, Doss claims he is concerned after hearing about massive layoffs rumors. 

"I think the public needs to be aware of what is happening here, " said Doss.

Hospital's CEO  Dr. Linda Dunigan said a lot of what Doss is saying is untrue.

She said Medicare is asking for reimbursement charges from 2012, during the time the old administration was handling the day-to-day operations at the hospital.  The Medicare case is currently in litigation. As far as the county footing any bills, Dunigan says that is also false. 

"The county has not given this hospital one dollar since I got here. We have been giving the county $50,000 each month, and the line of credit is only to help us in case we need it during the litigation," said Dunigan. 

She said a few hospital workers have had their hours cut, but there have been no massive layoffs and the doors are not closing. Since 2013, the hospital has actually put a lot of money into making major improvements in and outside the facility for employees and to attract more patients. 

"We started out with new signs for the hospital, we renovated all the rooms of the hospital, we went out and bought new medical tools. They didn't even have cardiac monitors, but we bought that. God didn't bring us this far to leave us, so closing is not an option," said Dunigan. 

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